17 June 2009 – Brief

soldiewarShame: The ‘Anti-War’ Democrats Who Sold Out
In a vote that should go down in recent histories as a day of shame for the Democrats, on Tuesday the House voted to approve another $106 billion dollars for the bloody wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (and increasingly Pakistan). To put a fine point on the interconnection of the iron fist of U.S. militarism and the hidden hand of free market neoliberal economics, the bill included a massive initiative to give the International Monetary Fund billions more in U.S. taxpayer funds.

What once Democrats could argue was “Bush’s war,” they now officially own. In fact, only five Republicans voted for the supplemental (though overwhelmingly not on the issue of the war funding). Ron Paul, who made clear he was voting against the war, was a notable exception.

This vote has revealed a sobering statistic for the anti-war movement in this country and brought to the surface a broader issue that should give die-hard partisan Democrats who purport to be anti-war reason for serious pause about the actual state of their party. Only 30 Democrats voted against the war funding when it mattered. And these 30 did so in the face of significant threats to their political future from the White House and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. That means that only 30 out of 256 Democrats are willing to stand up to the war and the current president presiding over it. Their names are listed below; I would encourage people to call them and thank them for standing up and voting no when it counted.
more – Jeremy Scahill

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by phuldek

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Barney Frank Wants My Help
After what he did and said? I asked Rep Frank to hop on House Bill HR 1207? I said, why wait when his own words were put so eloquently; ‘in 1932 Herbert Hoover signed a bill,’ ” which gives the Federal Reserve vast powers to lend money to any entity in America which it deems sufficiently collateralized whenever the Federal Reserve thinks there are exigent circumstances. I do believe that the Federal Reserve is exercising that power with some good effects recently, but it is not a power that should exist in a democratic society in the hands of an entirely unelected entity and I will be working next year to put some restraints on this power as well.”

If “it is not a power that should exist in a democratic society in the hands of an entirely unelected entity” why not stop it now? It either is or it isn’t Representative Frank, and though you say it has done some good recently you know it is the underlining cause of our economic mess.

Mr Frank please be consistent, sign on the Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2009 (HR1207) Audit the FED now.

Oh, and Mr Frank, you pledged not to fund the war when Bush was in power yet, yesterday you did. And you want my help on this issue? still? really? Bill Maher is right we need a Progressive Party in the US for a CHANGE.

Yes, you. shut up!


I said shut up!



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